Sunday, 30 October 2011

Pennant Parade Christmas Trees

Hello Everyone

Today I am sharing a Christmas card made with Pennant Parade stamps and the matching Petite Pennants Punch. I stamped the image using Versamark ink and heat embossed using white embossing powder from Stampin' Up!

The greeting is from Curly Cute and all together I think if makes a bright and funky Christmas card.

Love Elizabeth X

Friday, 28 October 2011

Time for more Flowers

Hello Everyone

More flowers from my launch party today...

I made these to match three little vases that used to hold little Christmas table decorations. I love the Flower Daisies #2 die - it makes such pretty flowers.

These are Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla and the leaves and stems are in Old Olive.

The little flowers on the vases are made with one layer from the Boho Blossoms Punch and one from the Itty Bitty Shapes.

As you can see in the close up, I daubed Cherry Cobbler ink around the edge of the petals, which gives a lovely depth to the colour.

These flowers match my Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler living room - so I think they will find a home there for a while to come.

Love Elizabeth

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Baby Card with the Ribbon Border Punch

Hello Everyone

This is yet another use of this versatile Ribbon Border Punch - here I used it to add a pretty top to each pennant shape by snipping out individual sections.

I used the Cheerful Treat DSP - love those fun springtime colours, especially when it is dark and rainy outside. :)

Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 22 October 2011

More with the Ribbon Lace Border Punch

Hello Everyone

As promised, I am back with some more ideas for using the Ribbon Lace Border Punch. In today's card I have created flowers by punching out a short strip with the punch, and then using a 3/4" circle punch, I have removed the flower from the centre of each portion. For this card, I used them as embellishments.
BTW I love the combination of Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush - they look made for each other!

Using the same technique, this time I have used the 'gutted' ribbon border which then makes a very different looking strip. Below I used it to frame the letters - but you could use it to thread wide ribbon.

Back soon with another idea for this punch.

Love Elizabeth X

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Ribbon Lace Punch Ideas.

Hello Everyone

Now I have already said that I LOVE the Ribbon Lace Punch - there is so much you can do with it. Over the next couple of posts, I will give you just a few of those ideas

With this first card, done in Calypso Coral, we start with the standard use - it punches this great lace effect in cardstock and designer paper. Here I used Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla & Sahara Sand to create a background. The stamp set is French Foliage - SO glad this set made it in to the new catalogue - I LOVE it! The 'thank U' sentiment comes from Pennant Parade - one of  new stamp sets.

So that is the basic idea... now for more that you can do with this punch...

You can run either ribbon or contrasting cardstock behind the border, as I have done in the card below. It gives a completely different look. You can use a strip as I have, or punch circles in different colours and so get a different colour behind each flower.

I finished this card with the fabby Something For Christmas stamp and some rhinestones in the centres of each flower.

Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 15 October 2011

In Color Fun Flowers

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Something I made LOTS of for my launch party were flowers. I had so much fun making them using the Big Shot dies and punches

These flower pots of In Color flowers were made exclusively using the Fun Flowers die. This die makes large, stunning flowers which you can layer up. The leaves were cut with the Leaves #2 die.

You can see in the close up below, some layers were stamped using the Dot,Dot,Dot and Fine Flourish stamps. Some were embossed using the Big Shot Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I then daubed around the flowers using the matching inks - Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pool Party & Wisteria Wonder - the leaves are done in the final In Color - Lucky Limeade.

Love Elizabeth X

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Forever Young in Island Indigo

Hello Everyone

As promised, I am back with a project made using the beautiful Forever Young stamp set. I chose to use the Island Indigo ink and cardstock, one of our new In Colors for this year.

Within the stamp set you get the clock image, the frame, the two silhouettes and a beautiful tree with a girl on a swing.

I used a punched portion of the tree and swing stamp for this next card in the same colour way - you can see I also used the matching designer paper called Timeless Portrait - I love the way you can match everything with Stampin' Up! goodies. :)

If you look closely you will see that I used the punched out piece of this card in the one at the top - crafters never waste anything!

The greeting in this one is from Curvy Verses and the top one from Oval All.

Hope you like them.

Love Elizabeth X

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Designer Series Papers

Hello Everyone

Today I am sharing some boxes made with two of our new DSPs or Designer Series Papers. Our paper packs are second to none in quality and have fabulous double sided patterns.

The pillow boxes at the top of this stand are all made using the Timeless Portrait DSP, which co-ordinates with the Forever Young stamp set - which you will be seeing featured in upcoming posts.

The pretty no-adhesive boxes at the bottom are made with a pack called Cheerful Treat, which is a choice offered exclusively to our hostesses. Contact me if you would like to hold a workshop or place a workshop qualifying order and recieve this beautiful paper pack.

Back soon with more new catalogue projects. X

Love Elizabeth X

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Fancy Flower Roses

Hello Everyone

Today I am starting to show you some close-ups of the projects I had on my display at my New Catalogue Launch Party.

And I am starting with the thing that inspired me...

My lovely friend, and fellow demo, Catherine, had a Stampin' Up! designer wedding this year. She made so many beautiful things including some stunning table centre decorations. To my delight, she presented me with one of these table centres - and it is devine! I started at once planning to display it in pride of place at my launch party...

Catherine's is the large one on the far right- I made the smaller four on the left.

Here is a close up on those roses...

Back soon with more!

Love Elizabeth X

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Launch Party & Blog Hop

Hello Everyone

And welcome to those of you who are joining me for the New Catalogue Blog Hop - you have probably just clicked here from the lovely Julie. I promised to share pictures of my New Catalogue Launch Party displays today - but first a project made with goodies from the New Stampin' Up! catalogue.

I made this card using the new Perfect Pennants die. As well as three pennant shapes, it cuts two beautiful scalloped circles, which layer beautifully with other punches.

Here I layered the two scalloped circles, then punched with a circle punch in the middle to create my wreath shape.

I made the berries with the smallest circle on the Owl Punch and topped them with Crystal Effects to make them pop. I added a ribbon, tied through the bottom two scallops and my wreath was done.

I wanted to hang it on a 'door' - and my front door is shiny and white with Georgian panelling - so I thought my card should be the same!

I used glossy white cardstock and the large square punch to punch the panelling - all popped up on dimensionals and hung the wreath on the front.

Now if you would like to pause here a while and have a look at my lauch party pics - there are all below. If you are off to continue on the blog hop, click here to visit the lovely Michelle.

So for those of you lingering a while - I have some pictures to show you... (link to Michelle at the bottom too!)

I am SO blessed to have such wonderful customers, who have become such wonderful friends and it is always great when we get together to share our love of crafting - and I had so many new things to share....this is my maid display area - some close ups coming up below....

I was set up half an hour early, (first time ever) - so time to pose for a photo with my events file - I have everything organised in here!

And I couldn't do these events without my lovely husband Michael - he is a star with the drinks and biscuits!

OK - so off we go - my lovely ladies starting to arrive....

OK - some close ups of my main display...I have had SO much fun playing with the new In Colors - they are just FABULOUS...

Here is the central part of my main display.... GROW was my theme, (as is the Stampin' Up! convention this year), as I said today, our friendships, my business, our creativity and our crafting abilities are all growing together!

We have some beautiful new stamp sets and wonderful new Big Shot dies - I have loved creating with those I have so far - my wish list is a mile long!

Now I made all my lovely ladies wait until we started before peeking in their catalogues - so at last I allowed them to open their bags....

...and there was a good reason - on page 7 is my lovely customer and friend Tracey! I am SO VERY proud that she has been chosen to feature in the UK catalogue as a hostess. (Oh and she booked her next workshop today!)

I only found one photo of her today - taking pictures of the display stand...

NEW in this year's Stampin' Up! catalogue is FABRIC. Now I don't sew - so I am delighted it works with the Big Shot and we have some great fabric adhesive - but for the display I did use my great grandmother's sewing machine to produce a couple of items...

Now we had lots more - like make & takes and the raffle and my demos - but I think you have had enough pictures for today. I will just say for my American visitors - I asked them yesterday what the difference is between our catalogue and theirs....

....well I only realised this year that we spell it catalogUE and over the water it is is spelt catalog! Our spelling is so different isn't it - with our colors and colours and our favorites and favourites?!

Anyway - click on the picture above to look inside or CONTACT ME, if you want your very own copy.

Thank you for getting to the end of this mammoth post - I will be back in a couple of days with some lovely new catalogue projects.

For those of you blog-hopping - off you go to Michelle - she has lovely things to show you :)

Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 1 October 2011

It's Here!!!

Hello Everyone

The most exciting time of the Stampin' Up! year is here! The new catalogue has arrived. I am so excited. Today I am hosting a New Catalogue Launch Party for my lovely ladies. I will be back tomorrow with some photographs of my displays - so I hope everyone will like what I made!

If you would like a catalogue, contact me. Alternatively - if you just can't wait to see it - click the Catalogue tab at the top of the page or the picture below and follow the link to an online version.

(Oh - and for my American visitors - can you spot the difference to the front of your catalogue? I will tell you tomorrow!)

As a demonstrator, can get a few select items in advance - and I have had SO much fun playing with my new stamps, tools and accessories. One of the things I am LOVING is the new In Colors.

I am so happy to have a coral and lilac colour to use - but my favourite so far is Island Indigo - such a fabby rich colour - love it!

So - I had better give you a peek at a project then...

As you can see, these monotone cards show off the fabby new in-colors. There is loads of texture, which looks better close to....

In this close up you can better see the wonderful Lace Ribbon Border Punch. Oh my goodness - this really is a fabby punch! It is so versatile and I can't wait to show you all the ways to use it...

I hope you will come and visit tomorrow to see my Launch Party photos and displays. :)

Love Elizabeth